7 Reasons to Take a Day Trip from Sydney to Berry

7 Reasons to Take a Day Trip from Sydney to Berry

Berry is a lovely little rural town only 2 hours south of Sydney. Set in a beautiful bucolic setting, surrounded by rolling green hills, its proximity and easy access makes an ideal choice for a day trip from Sydney. Berry is blessed with a mix of rustic, small-town feel, a busy cafe life and great shopping. Berry’s proximity to the NSW South Coast’s breathtaking beaches makes it a diverse destination for a day. If you need convincing, I have 7 reasons to take a day trip to Berry.

Drive the Country Side

Berry is a two-hour drive south of Sydney, along the NSW South Coast. It’s a pleasant drive through the Royal National Park, Wollongong and Kiama. Berry is nestled in a rich dairy country, a heritage town dedicated to good food and wine, surrounded by pastoral green hills. Driving through the hills, you wouldn’t think the coast is so close.

Enjoy a Casual Lunch

Berry has a very sophisticated cafe culture and a range of very good restaurants. Although a number of them are located on the main street, such as Hedgehog Coffee Shop, there is quite a lot of traffic going through, including on weekends, so it’s something to keep in mind. On our last visit, we discovered the Figbird Cafe, in a quiet back street. It was quiet, not too busy, and the food was lovely.

The Figbird Cafe is a great place for lunch on a day trip from Sydney to Berry
Figbird Cafe & Deli

Shop for Homewares and Gifts

Berry offers a great range of gift and homeware stores. Indeed, there are other shops, but the great range of home-related items available in Berry is very attractive.

The Shady Fig is a florist with a lovely earthy and organic style. You can find some lovely eclectic items for your home decor.

You don't want to miss the Shady Fig when you go from Sydney to Berry
Shady Fig

Maison & More is a Berry institution and is full of unique and quirky items. On our visit, they had a great selection of Christmas decorations.

Drop in at Maison and More on your day trip from Sydney to Berry
Maison & More

Haven & Space has a great selection of baskets, large or small as well as tableware, furniture and much more.

Shopping at Haven and Space is worth a day trip from Sydney to Berry
Haven & Space

Visit the Art Galleries

Berry has a healthy art and craft scene and artists offer their wares. You can shop for handmade fashion, textile and various design objects. The Precinct Galleries is a must-see.

Wander the Streets Eating Naughty Food

Berry has a lovely small town feel and it’s worth going for a wander. However, the main drag does see a lot of traffic through. This may be able to change soon with a new bypass road being built and, hopefully, Berry will regain that quiet feeling of times past. On your wanders, you will certainly walk past the Ice Creamery and the Famous Berry Donut Van. Go for it, and you can walk it off!

Discover the Beaches

Berry is only a short drive from the NSW South Coast and the difference in scenery is quite dramatic. There is a choice of beaches where you can relax and enjoy the surf: Seven Mile Beach, Shoalhaven Heads, Werri Beach and Walkers Beach.

Take some time for the beach on your day trip from Sydney to Berry
NSW South Coast

Sample the Local Wines

Indeed, a visit to Berry wouldn’t be complete without a wine tasting. There are several wineries nearby and they offer the perfect setting to relax. We actually discovered Silos Estate years ago when attending a friend’s wedding and it’s a beautiful place with great wines and tasty food.

Beyond Berry

Whilst Berry is a great day trip, it is also on the way to Jervis Bay if you are planning a longer holiday. Furthermore, a detour through Kangaroo Valley is not to be missed. If you want to make a weekend of it, you can also pass through Berrima. Finally, if you want to explore the NSW South Coast further, you can travel to Batemans Bay.

My other recommendations for day trips around New South Wales are Bouddi National Park, The Basin, Barrenjoey Headland and the Blue Mountains.

If you have more time and want to make a weekend of it, why not try Mudgee or Orange, these places are great for a food and wine weekend!

Do you have experiences in Berry you would like to share? Please give me tips for my next trip in the comments below!

Berry is a charming country town in New South Wales, Australia. Take a day trip 2 hours south of Sydney and indulge in a spot of shopping and lunch at one of the cafes.


  1. Seana Smith

    September 4, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    We used to stop here a lot when we visited Jervis Bay regularly, I do miss my cakes and pies from the excellent Sourdough Bakery!!

    1. Delphine

      September 5, 2019 at 8:27 am

      Hi Seana, I really like the ice cream shop in Berry… And there are some really nice homewares shops!

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